Interviews by NameOral Histories
Zanker was seven years old in 1963 and had vivid memories of the news of the assassination. Recorded May 19, 1999.
A sixth grader in San Diego, California, in 1963, Zarnowitz and her parents were active in the civil rights movement. The letter she wrote to Jackie Kennedy as part of a class project was included in Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick's book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation (2010). Recorded October 5, 2010.
A longtime engineer and executive with the Eastman Kodak Company, Zavada authenticated the Abraham Zapruder film and other photographic evidence for the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. Since then he has continued to study the film and speak on the subject. Recorded November 15, 2010.
Dr. Dennis Zembala
A University of Michigan student in 1960, Zembala saw Senator John F. Kennedy give a significant October 14th speech which laid the groundwork for the Peace Corps. Zembala later served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia from 1966 to 1969. Recorded February 27, 2013.
Rabbi Sidney Zimelman
While serving in the U.S. Air Force in Japan, Zimelman was selected to give a radio eulogy for President Kennedy on the Far East Armed Forces Network. His memorial service was broadcast live from Tokyo on November 23, 1963. Recorded March 11, 2013.
The nightclub editor for the Dallas Morning News in 1963, Zoppi knew Jack Ruby for more than 12 years. He maintained contact with Ruby after the assassination and became good friends with Ruby's flamboyant defense attorney, Melvin Belli. Recorded June 1, 1992.
A longtime employee of the United States Information Agency, Zorthian worked at Voice of America radio from 1947 to 1960. At the time of the Kennedy assassination, he was stationed in India as a senior officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. Recorded October 24, 2008.